Crisp White and Big Red is a classic wine pairing for food; white for aperitif and starters, red with meaty main.
In the northern hemisphere, you might look to Chablis or unoaked white Burgundy alongside Bordeaux or Rioja.
Most major European wine-producing countries have food-friendly whites as well as complex reds, so the possibilities are almost endless.
If you want to take the same approach with Antipodean wines, New Zealand Sauvignon has to be on the list of crisp, zingy whites. For reds, Western Australia produces elegant, restrained, food-friendly reds and is one of the few places in the world that suits varietal Cab.
For, despite being the great international red grape, Cabernet Sauvignon most often needs blending to round out its "tannic doughnut", that is a lack of tannins on the mid-palate.
Coonawarra and Western Australia have found that they hvae just the right conditions to avoid this and to be able to produce pure, varietal Cab.
New Zealand's Villa Maria is one the country's most awarded wineries, producing enjoyable, well-made and inexpensive wines year in, year out.
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2019 (£12, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Majestic, Co-op)
Aromatic and lifted with gooseberry, lime, grapefruit, musky rubbed sage and white pepper; ripe stone fruits, pineapple, melon and passionfruit with fresh, green apple acidity, honeysuckle, sweet spices and fresh-cut grass; full, supple and and adept.
Drinks well on first pouring and opens up further with some air.
Serve as an aperitif or match with meaty meat with herbs, such as cod in a herb broth or pork and parsley terrine.
Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (£14.99 - £17.99, Specialist Cellars, Aus Wines Online, windirect.co.uk)
Bramble and dark berry fruits with spice and damp earth; black fruits, black cherries and complex, toasty spices with grilled fruits, dried herbs and iodine. Full and supple with rounded, well-integrated tannins and lots of fresh acidity; very harmonious and adept.
Shows lots of primary fruit on first opening and becomes more savoury with extended aeration.
Drink with grilled meats such as barbecue foods; decanted for several hours, it will match with plain roast red meats.
From the Vasse Felix website:Cabernet Sauvignon has a strong heritage at Vasse Felix, being one of the first red wines made at the estate and Margaret River’s first Cabernet.